Union County College Offers Free Training To Employees Of Local Businesses

CRANFORD – Union County College offers free courses in basic-skills training for the employees of local businesses through a unique partnership of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA), the New Jersey Community College Consortium, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Through the grant-funded NJBIA Project, employees can be trained at one of Union County College’s conveniently located campuses in Elizabeth or Cranford, or on-site at the participating business facility. Training is available in the following areas: Computer Applications (Windows, Outlook, Excel, Word), Mathematics and Measurement, Communications (verbal, written and customer relations), and English as a Second Language.


During the month of July, the following courses will be offered one day a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the college’s Elizabeth I. Kellogg Building located at 40 West Jersey Street in Elizabeth. MS Excel Part I will be offered on July 7; MS Excel Part II will be held on July 14; MS Outlook will be held on July 21; and MS Windows will be held on July 28.

On the Cranford campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue, the following courses will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MS Excel Part I will be offered on July 6; MS Excel Part II will be held on July 13; MS Outlook will be held on July 27; and MS Windows will be held on July 20.

Although these classes are provided at no charge to the company, employers must pay their employees the customary hourly wage while in training. Companies are not required to provide a minimum number of employees for training, pay for class tuition, fill out complicated paperwork, or disclose financial statements.

If you are interested in learning more about the NJBIA Project program or to reserve classes for your company, call the Industry-Business Institute at 1-908-965-2359, or e-mail ibi@ucc.edu and be sure to include your contact information and to write “NJBIA Project” in the subject line.

The NJBIA Project program was designed to simplify employee training for New Jersey businesses. Now in its fourth year (2010-2011), this program has already benefited more than 16,550 employees with 1,125 companies and is available through all 63 of the State’s community colleges.

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